I LOVE when July 4th falls on a Saturday! Do you have a Independence Day Go-To Plan? Or do you like to switch things up each year? Since I didn’t grow up here, I like to check out different festivals each year.
We’ve collected several ideas for celebrating Independence Day as a family. If you know of an event — free or paid — that you’d like to see added, please drop us a line via our contact form. Thanks!
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As you can see below, many municipalities have decided to call it this year and have cancelled 4th of July celebrations. We highly recommend verifying any outing or having contingency plans before wasting a trip this year. However, we have found a few options and have most-recently verified on 6/25/20.
Good to Know:
Where CAN I See Fireworks In 2020?
If you want to see professional fireworks in the Twin Cities, you have a few options:
CHASKA: July 4th Fireworks
Fireworks around 10pm at Mcknight Park over Lake Jonathan. July 4. The annual festival has been cancelled.
ST PAUL: Movie & Fireworks – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
St. Paul has decided to go ahead without the Saints for fireworks at CHS Field. July 3, 7:00pm Gates, 8:00pm Movie Fireworks at dusk. $15/pp & up
Road Trip Ideas:
A few shows are happening for those willing to drive.
BRAINERD AREA: Rutgers Fireworks Show | Deerwood
Open to the public. On the shore of Bay Lake.
CROSSLAKE: 2020 Celebrate America | over Sand Island on Cross Lake
Fireworks at dusk, community events throughout the day – music, flee market, book sale.
SIOUX FALLS: Saints v. Canaries – Fireworks Super Show
The Saints have temporarily relocated to Sioux Falls, but you could still catch their Independence Day Weekend Fireworks show if you are willing to drive to Sioux Falls. July 3, 7:05pm, $11/pp & up.
No Fireworks, But Family Fun:
SHAKOPEE: Happy Birthday America Parade | Lions Park
Popsicles and entertainment to follow. July 3, 10:30am.
EDINA: Edina 4th of July Parade | Edina City Hall
Parade 10am, Sousa Memorial Band 8:45 & fireworks at Roseland Park. July 4, 10pm. VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2020
MINNEAPOLIS: Minneapolis Red, White and Boom goes Virtual
Minneapolis is offering a a downloadable Bingo Scavenger Hunt and coloring contest to celebrate Red White and Boom in your favorite park. VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2020
ST PAUL: Tangletown 4th of July Picnic and Parade
Participate at home by decorating your sidewalk, completing a neighborhood scavenger hunt, register your decorations for others to enjoy. July 4, 10am-1:30pm. VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2020
The following events have been cancelled or postponed for 2020.
Minneapolis Red White & Boom
Music, movie, family events and fireworks at dusk. Downtown Riverfront. July 4, 6-10pm, FREE. CANCELLED.
Mill City Museum: Fourth of July Fireworks
Enjoy the chance to view the Minneapolis Red, White and Boom Fourth of July fireworks from the museum’s Koch Observation Deck. July 4,10:30pm, $35/pp. CANCELLED.
ST PAUL EVENTS
Historic Fort Snelling: Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate the early 1800s way – witness a mock battle, hear the roar of cannon salutes, watch military dress parades, enjoy military fife and drum music, enjoy interactive stations, and try historic games. July 4, 10am-5pm, $12/adults; $6/kids over 5. CANCELLED.
4th of July at Langford Park
Picnic, parade, fun run, music, pony rides, speeches, volleyball, horseshoes, tennis, games and more! July 4, 11am-4pm, FREE. CANCELLED.
TWIN CITIES NORTHWEST METRO EVENTS
COON RAPIDS: Coon Rapids 4th of July | Coon Rapids Ice Center
Parade, carnival, music by the Rockin Hollywoods, and fireworks. July 2-4, FREE. CANCELLED FOR 2020
ELK RIVER: Farmer’s Fourth of July | Oliver Kelley Farm
Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn, visit the spring farm babies, join in 19th-century games such as town ball, sample ice cream and listen to rousing speeches. July 4, 9am-4pm, $12/adults; $8/kid. CANCELLED.
TWIN CITIES NORTHEAST METRO EVENTS
FOREST LAKE: Forest Lake 4th of July
Carnival & entertainment each day; parade, reading of the Declaration of Independence and fireworks on the 4th. July 4. CANCELLED FOR 2020
MAPLEWOOD: Maplewood Light it Up | Hazelwood Park
Family Fun activity station with A Touch of Magic, music, inflatables & fireworks. July 4, 4-10pm. CANCELLED FOR 2020
ROSEVILLE: Rosefest Party in the Park | Roseville Central Park
Carnival activities, inflatable fun, puppet shows, live music all day and fireworks at 10pm. July 4, 1pm-10pm. CANCELLED FOR 2020
STILLWATER: Stillwater 4th of July Fireworks | Lowell Park
Music, cannons and fireworks. July 4. CANCELLED FOR 2020
WHITE BEAR LAKE: Manitou Days Fireworks | Memorial Beach
July 4, 8pm-11pm. POSTPONED IN 2020
TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO EVENTS
AFTON: 4th of July Parade and Celebration | Main Street
July 3-4. CANCELLED FOR 2020
APPLE VALLEY: Apple Valley Freedom Days
Carnival, Music in the Park, Family Fun Night. CANCELLED FOR 2020
EAGAN: July 4th Funfest | Eagan Community Center festival grounds
Parade, carnival, music and fireworks. July 3-4, 10am-midnight. CANCELLED FOR 2020
LAKEVILLE: Pan-O-Prog Fireworks | Lakeville North High School
Live music, inflatables, temp tattoos, photo booth, and concessions. Bring chairs or blankets. Fireworks at dusk. July 4, 6-10:30pm. POSTPONED TO SEPT. 25-27 2020
WOODBURY: Woodbury’s Hometown Celebration | HealthEast Sports Center
Kidzone and food vendors open at 6pm, FlashMob! plays from 7-10pm, fireworks at 10pm. CANCELLED FOR 2020
TWIN CITIES SOUTHWEST METRO EVENTS
BLOOMINGTON: Bloomington Summer Fete | Normandale Lake Park
Carnival, live music and fireworks at dusk. July 3, 5-10pm. CANCELLED FOR 2020.
EXCELSIOR: Lake Minnetonka 4th of July | Excelsior Commons Park
A full day of activities and fireworks at dusk. July 4, 9am-10pm. CANCELLED FOR 2020
RICHFIELD: Red, White & Blue Days | Veterans Memorial Park
Community and family focused events that offer something for everyone — Family Night, car show, street dance, parade, music, and fireworks. July 2-4. CANCELLED FOR 2020
SHAKOPEE: The Landing: Independence Day 1889
Join a parade, play yard games and churn ice cream. Watch historic baseball and listen to a live brass band. July 4. 10am-5pm, $8/adults; $5/kids over 2. CANCELLED FOR 2020
ST LOUIS PARK: July 4th Fireworks Celebration | Aquila Park
Concessions, vendors, live music and fireworks. 7-11pm. POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, SEPT 6, 2020.
The Fourth of July is just a warm-up for all the fun family festivals taking place in the Twin Cities throughout the month. Check out our list of them here!
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